Martial Arts, Yoga, Internal Energy systems, and Meditation. In addition to their Eastern roots, for me there’s a common theme to these pursuits – they are all about integrity.  The formal definition of “Integrity” has two main meanings: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. the state of being whole […]

Embracing your Breath

With the beginning of the holiday season, I’m finding myself feeling heavily loaded with holiday preparations.  We’ve just wrapped up Thanksgiving with our extended family, having hosted 5 people the previous night and seating a total of 19 for dinner.  I really like being able to host, even though it’s an intense several days of […]

For Ashtanga Yoga Lovers…

If you’ve ever taken a vinyasa yoga class, it’s likely to have in its lineage an Ashtanga Yoga practice. Ashtanga Yoga was developed by Pattabi Jois in India about a hundred years ago. Ashtanga Yoga, which has a pre-defined set of movements, can either be taught through a “called” practice (with a teacher calling out […]

Announcing a New Kids Bando Class

Dear Friends A few months ago, one of my neighbors, Wills, was told by his parents that I had a number of swords. He’s been watching various shows about metalworking and swords, and his mother asked if I would show him some of the swords I have collected through my years of training. Wills showed […]

Teaching Yin and Learning Acceptance

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to spend a week with a talented, compassionate, and downright funny instructor, Biff Mithoefer. The six-day seminar, on Yin Yoga, was focused on a fundamental question: How can I create a safe and open space during Yin sessions that allows people to embrace their authentic selves? One of […]

Heart and Soul

In our monthly Health Defense classes, Grandmaster Joe Manley is sharing with us his “Internal Journey”, which includes a fusion of Daoist and Ayurvedic practices that are said to enhance internal health.  This is the second essay in a series that looks at the five major organs: lung, kidney, liver, heart, and spleen. (Click here […]

Fear and Loathing in the Parking Lot

(With apologies to Hunter S. Thompson…) The other day, while loading groceries into the car, I saw a man and a woman arguing in the parking lot.  They were both very upset, and also clearly did not know each other.  I don’t remember who said what, but did see the woman furiously snap photos at […]

Strengthening your Liver, the Organ of Spring

In our monthly Health Defense classes, Grandmaster Joe Manley is sharing with us his fusion of Daoist and Ayurvedic practices that enhance internal health.  In the Daoist tradition, the five major organs that support internal health and wellness are the Lung, Kidney, Liver, Heart, and Spleen.  Each of these corresponds to a season.  Each organ […]

Rainbow Yoga at Powers Farm and Brewery

Two years ago, Melody and Kevin Powers look a leap of faith and opened their own brewery in Midland, Va (near Warrenton Airport).   It’s a welcoming, friendly place where conversations can be easily started with the person sitting next to you.  In the summer, I love coming there to collect my CSA share from […]

March 2019 Healing Arts Seminar with Dr. Gyi

While many people think of martial arts as focused on physical fighting, the techniques in the Hanthawaddy Bando system as taught by Grandmaster (GM) Dr. Gyi can support three main objectives:  Hurting, Healing, or Harmonizing.  In this model, hurting, of course, is related to inflicting pain and or damage, whether it be physical or spiritual.  […]